Bosnia-Herzegovina: The Jesuit Social Apostolate in Sarajevo

At the end of May, Headlines had a meeting with Fr Ivica Hadas, who describes himself as the “representative of the charitable and social work” of the Jesuit parish in the Grbavica neighbourhood of Sarajevo. Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina, which became independent after the break-up of Yugoslavia. The country was the centre of brutal ethnic cleansing in the early 1990s and Sarajevo itself was subject to the longest siege in the history of modern warfare, lasting from 5 April 1992 to 29 February 1996. It is estimated that more than 12,000 people were killed and 50,000 wounded during the siege, 85% of them civilians.